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the man who brought closure

he knew not that day he’d walk toward death,
strolling by Colorado pines with a leash in hand;
St. Patrick’s Day is cold in Michigan every year
and in 2011 we had the most snow in history-
he was minding his own business and all of a
sudden right in front of him was my frozen sister

“encompassed in Winter was my sister who died,
she had been there for three months after her suicide”

he was not expecting to encounter a body buried,
never thought he’d see sights he wished were unseen-
thinking she was homeless without warmth to comfort,
knew not she was my sister who chose death over life;
in tragic awe he stood wondering what had happened,
then he remembered her picture from the newspaper 

“a crowded mind worn from a man I’ll always remember-
for we were searching everywhere since late December”

snow melting,
decaying;
Spring arriving,
praying

we talked a few days later and he apologized,
for what, I knew not ... for he had given us closure-
I wanted to know so bad what she looked like,
yearned to see her one last time to say goodbye;
the sight of her body left him breathless too-
for he’d never forget St. Patrick’s Day 2011

“I felt close to him, and he explained just the same-
my gratitude extends; I’ll never forget Robert’s name”



September 20, 2019
John Lawless
I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S HIS NAME (OR HER NAME) Poetry Contest

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Date: 10/2/2019 2:23:00 PM
a beautifully written poem full of pain and passion and a release of shared horror.
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Date: 10/1/2019 4:00:00 PM
Such a poignant write...a moment that will never be forgotten. xoxox thank you for being brave and sharing in your wonderful words a never ending event in your life.
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Date: 10/1/2019 12:28:00 AM
What well-expressed narrative. Thanks for sharing your talent. God bless you.
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Date: 9/30/2019 1:04:00 PM
Laura what a lovely poem congrats on your win!;)
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Date: 9/20/2019 10:12:00 AM
Powerful! Touching! You really know how to express a story.
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Date: 9/22/2019 11:44:00 AM
many thanks sweet Sunlite :)-luloo
Date: 9/20/2019 9:24:00 AM
i want to cry reading this piece...he was sorry as am i, for your loss, but he did bring your closure...i am sure you could never even if you tried, forget his name! powerful poignant yet wonderfully penned poem...it touches the heart.... hugs my friend!
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Date: 9/22/2019 11:43:00 AM
thank you sweet Sandy...:)-luloo